So, Valor had his SV xrays done, all looks good (not sent in yet, in the process of converting to actual Xray), growth plates closed, got the OK for introducing running and jumping and such. I started running with him 2 or 3 weeks ago which is great for both of us. I am really good about lifting weights daily but definitely need more motivation in the cardio department. Enter the Dog. Always helps lol
My pace is just not a workout for him.
When we do hills in my neighborhood, it is really just me "doing" the hill. My pace is slow enough where he has time to smell the flowers. Literally, he can stop and smell the flowers. Even on straight aways my best running pace is not a jot for him.
We do hikes "maybe" 2 times a month, up a mountain on the Appalacian trail. That is the ONLY time I see evidence that he has broken anything close to the dog equivalent of a sweat, but again it is not much. He still has 3/4 of a tank when we get home. Easily.
We do IPO, but you know how club is..you get your two 15 minute turns at bite work, obedience. And Club attendance for me is sporadic at best due to my schedule.
The only place to safely bike with him is 1/2 hour away and gets crowded after work hours. It is this great 11.5 mile loop around a bunch of ponds and lakes. But it gets too crowded for a dog and bike and control. There is a place to bike at where our IPO club is, but it's a 1.5 hour ride and we are there to train technique. Don't have time to do both while there.
I can play two ball with him on my dead end when it is not too busy.. BUT now we have 2 new rescues on the block that are DA. While he barely looks at them and has great recall, the 2 rescues are strong bully/lab mixes and can pull their owners. If something goes down I don't want to be the one with an off lead dog, as that will play into fault regardless of whose fault it is. At the park, must be leashed so again it is me running and him barely trotting. Can't fetch at the local park for that reason-leash law (and it seems we are one of the few who adhere to it)
So, those are our accomplishments and limitations, and the balance is towards ...limitations.
And we are going for our AD in November.
ENTER THE X DOG VEST. I bought the vest, drag bag, and got ball bearing weights because I hate sand in the house and I know it will spill lol
It can take weights and is designed for pulling (without weights on vest) as well. I got a belt and drag bag for myself too. So, he can wear the weights in vest on our jogs in town.
At the park or on my dead end we can both use drag bags side by side for some pulling/resistance sprints. Ok maybe I can sometimes use the drag bag while he is using his. I'm a lot older than he is lol
I have also dusted off my Ceasar Milan inspired (I watched him when it first came out) LandRollers and he can pull me around the park that has the great 11 mile smooth dirt/asphalt road loop. On the bike it would be too much if crowded, but I can pull him closer and be more compact/in control on the rollerblades.
Anyone use this for their dog? Suppose to start with 3 to 5% of his body weight and eventually work up to a max of 10% of his body weight. Which would be 9lbs of weight.
It looks cool..let's see how he does with it